UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (2024)

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Thanks for your company tonight - for a card that was cobbled together after McGregor disastrously pulling out, it certainly had it's moments. A big win for Ian Garry sees his momentum surge again, while Diego Lopes and Dan Ige's stock has risen. But again, the star of the show was Alex Pereira and his KO reel is being redecorated every few months.

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UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (1)

A juicy alternative angle

Heavyweight is by no means out of the realm of possibility for Poatan. You do feel he hasn't really been tested by elite wrestlers but fights start on the feet and he can switch anyone off in an instant. This fan angle of tonight's KO is a lovely look.

05:26

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (2)

How did Pereira prepare for his KO... group dance

Not a lot of tension in the dressing room was there? Pereira and his team, like Brazilian footballers after a goal, had a little group dance before the fight. A nice ritual even if he doesn't quite have the samba moves.

05:13

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Not even bothered with cracking a smile

Just another walk in the park for this guy, isn't it? Pereira trudges out of the octagon with gold around his waist. All the talk of magic and aura just adds to the mystique around the man who has saved the UFC's bacon twice this year on late call-ups.

05:07

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (4)

He has boulders for hands and feet

05:04

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (5)

Pereira wants heavyweight

'I don't know what's next but I must thank everyone who helps me out here to put on these performances. I think heavyweight is in my future, we'll see if the UFC want it. I think the fans have a big say, if the fans want it then it will be inevitable. I never ask for anything, I think I'll take the bonus tonight.'

04:55

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (6)

HUGE KNOCKDOWN IN LAST SECOND

Wow. Pereira smashes Prochazka in the final second of the round with a trademark left hook. The Czech even thought the ref had called it off but it was just the end of the first five minutes. Pereira had the better of the round overall too.

04:36

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (7)

All the big names in the building tonight

Aaron Rodgers and Donald Trump Jr. risk awkward run-in at UFC 303

Rodgers was spotted chatting with a former pro and a high-profile celebrity while Trump Jr was more discreet in his appearance at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Other celebs were at the event, too.

Mail Online

04:25

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (9)

29-28 to Lopes on all cards

Lopes - 'Ige thank you so much brother, not many people take a fight on three hours notice! As I said at the weigh-ins, anyone, any time. I will fight anybody.'

Ige - 'This is what I live for. I was getting a massage and got a call saying 'do you want to fight tonight', to show up at four hours notice I couldn't be happier with my performance. I would love to fight at the sphere, Dana you have my number.'

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (10)

04:18

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (11)

Another in the books for Lopes

Ige lands a head kick but is off balance and ends up being taken down and put in a body lock. Ige knows exactly what to do in defence but that's about it, he lands some nice hands from bottom but is unable to change position and the Brazilian dominated the majority. Ige needs a finish and his coaches tell him to take chances.

03:59

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (12)

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (13)

Next up: Dan Ige vs Diego Lopes

Ige has everything to gain and nothing to lose. He's saved the co-main event by heroically stepping up because Ortega has a fever and had to pull out at the 11th hour. The Hawaiian is a top operator too so this will be no gimme for Lopes. The Brazilian is one of the rising stars of the sport and one of the most exciting too. No 14-ranked at featherweight and he deserves praise for accepting all the madness coming his way this week.

03:42

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (14)

Huge left hand from Dolidze!

The Georgian spends most of the round on top and towards the end lands the shot of the fight, a left hook that stuns Smith and has the American temporarily rocked on his feet and looking at the clock, Dolidze doesn't rush to follow it up but now heading into the third Smith needs a finish.

03:36

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (15)

Absolutely no interest in defence

Boos from the crowd but that's ridiculous. Smith and Dolidze are both swinging hard, landing plenty of leg kicks and are only one shot away from ending this in a flash. Smith is putting the pressure on but Dolidze had the better work in the opener with slightly more dynamism.

03:28

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Chandler among the spectators tonight

03:23

Next up - Anthony Smith vs Roman Dolidze

It's been a stellar week for Georgian sports fans after that historic win over Portugal at the Euros and Roman Dolidze could continue that momentum tonight against the wily old veteran Anthony Smith at light-heavyweight. Dolidze has been waiting by the phone for a long time and to Smith's credit, he is not one to turn a fight now. A really nice spotlight on these two tonight especially with their peers fighting for the belt later.

03:15

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WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT

Disgusting.

03:12

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (20)

FIGHT OVER - Horrific cut

Silva takes a nasty elbow on the ground and the cut above her eye is horrible, a really deep wound that the referee stops the fight for to seek medical advice. There's blood everywhere and it's too deep to continue. Savage.

03:00

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (21)

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (22)

Next up: Bueno Silva vs Chiasson

Brazil vs USA now in a women's bantamweight clash. Former Ultimate Fighter winner Chiasson submitted Pannie Kianzad back in March, while Silva is coming off a defeat in an attempt to win the vacant title.

02:27

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This was a wild accusation

We'll see if Garry reveals those receipts he claims to have about this - but it certainly adds some extra spice tonight. Did MVP and his team really try and prise info out of the Irishman's camp?

Garry accuses MVP + 'f***ing rat coach' of trying to BRIBE team-mates

Ian Garry has accused Michael 'Venom' Page and his team of trying to bribe members of his gym for information about him ahead of their UFC 303 fight.

Mail Online

02:12

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (25)

Exclusive:How MVP sees it

We spoke to MVP this week ahead of his second fight in the UFC... and he had some words of advice for the England team too.

EXCL: MVP talks Garry fight at UFC 303 + his advice to England stars

Few professional athletes are under as much pressure as elite fighters in the UFC.So it's worth a listen when Michael 'Venom' Page offers the England football team some advice.

Mail Online

02:05

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (27)

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (28)

First up - Ian Garry vs Michael 'Venom' Page

What a curtain-raiser we have tonight. Many were surprised Garry took the fight with MVP but such is the 26-year-old's supreme confidence in his ability that he thinks he'll make a statement and put himself within one of those long arm's reach of a title shot. Two brilliant strikers, so will they cancel each other out or put on a classic?

01:50

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (29)

Woooow crazy finish for Pyfer!

Pyfer calls out Paul Craig after this very short night of work and wants the Scot in autumn.

01:35

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (30)

Breaking:MADNESS - IGE VS LOPES IS ON

So it's been confirmed. Dan Ige is stepping in on the latest of late notice to replace sick Ortega to fight Lopes. They both weighed in at 165 and the co-main event is saved. Ige says he is in top shape already and has been waiting his whole life for an opportunity like this. Crazy!

01:33

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Couple of legends swinging away

Cub Swanson and Andre Fili just put on a really fun three rounds. Swanson was the man pushing for the finish it seemed but Fili managed to clinch well and shoot for takedowns when his opponent over extended - in the end it's a bit of a controversial decision with Fili given the nod by split 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (32)

01:09

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (33)

Breaking:Late replacement in co-main event?

Some huge breaking news is that Brian Ortega, who missed weight and rearranged to fight Diego Lopes tonight at 155-pounds, could be out due to illness as per Ariel Helwani - how badass would it be for Ige to just jump in with about five minutes notice!

01:01

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (34)

Two finishes from two on pre-lims!

Jourdain had never been stopped - until tonight. A really impressive win for Jean Silva makes it two finishes out of two on the pre-lims after a decision fest on the early pre-lims, this is much more like it!

00:31

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Four decisions and then this!

Wow! Payton Talbott is a name you should mark down for the future and the present. The 25-year-old just took 19 seconds to win by TKO with his first meaningful punch down the pipe against Yannis Ghemmouri.

UFC 303: Alex Pereira KNOCKS OUT Jiri Prochazka with head kick (2024)

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